How will the courses
work? Will everything be done online?
Yes, all the course work and communication with the
teachers will be done online. Once enrolled
School, students and parents will receive a Username and Password via
the email address(es) provided on the Enrollment Registration Form. Your Username
and Password will give you access to all courses. All students must
complete the Student Orientation before beginning course work. Here
is a brief overview of what to expect:
Once enrolled, students
complete the New Student Orientation.
- New students will begin
with 2-3 courses until they understand the online system.
- Students begin each
course by reading the Teacher's Message link.
- Students will complete
lessons and projects and submit them to the teacher.
- The teacher will respond,
either accepting the work as a mastered lesson, or asking
- Students will be given up to 3
chances to revise work
until the lesson is mastered.
- To stay on task students
should submit 1- 2 lessons in each of their courses, 5 days a week.
- When a student has
completed the requirements for a course, (including End of Course
Exams) a Credit Report Form will be submitted for a final grade.
What if I don't
understand the material and need help?
Simply write to the teacher and request help. Students are also encouraged to
attend the teacher's Office Hours and to attend
the Live Lessons where they can get immediate feedback
How will I know my child
is doing the work?
SC Whitmore School has an electronic
documentation system. Each student will have their own private "File
Cabinet". Each time a student submits a lesson or question to the
teacher, it is stored in their "File Cabinet" along with the teacher's
responses. As a parent, you will be able to access this File Cabinet
any time by using the the student's username and password.
- Anytime - Any place
How will I get my diploma?
Students graduate from SC Whitmore School in June.
However, if a student completes
their graduation requirements prior to June, we can send a
transcript and letter of completion to colleges. Diplomas will be sent
by mail at the next graduation date.
Will there be someone I
can talk to if I have a problem?
Yes. Students can write to their teacher or their
guidance counselor using the forms in our school, or call the school to
speak with an administrator.
Do you provide a
curriculum for children with special needs?
SC Whitmore School has a team of special education
teachers that will help tailor the curriculum to meet your child's IEP.
How does an extended academic
year work? Does that mean I have to go to school in the summer?
SC Whitmore School has a flexible academic
calendar. Students can enroll any time of the year and begin
coursework. According to state guidelines, students are expected to
advance at least one academic year in a year's time (earning 6 credits per year). Students are not required
to go to school in the summer unless they have not
completed their assigned courses.
Students at SC Whitmore
School have the flexibility to complete their coursework in a schedule
that works best for them. Since there are no "semesters" - students
will not get pushed ahead or held back by the pace of the class.
Attendance is taken through
student login and assignment submissions. As long as you meet the state
attendance requirements in a year's time, your personal school schedule
is up to you. Your guidance counselor will work with you to set a
schedule that meets the state requirements, and fits your life.
What tests does the state require
high school students to take?
of Course (EOC) - Students
enrolled in Algebra 1 Part 2, English 1, U.S.
History, or Biology will participate in the End-of-Course
Examination Program (EOCEP or just EOC).
Results of the test will count as 20% of the final course grade.
- High School Assessment Program (HSAP)
- The HSAP is the testing requirement for a SC high
school diploma. Students must earn a
passing score on both the ELA and Mathematics portions of the exam. Students first take HSAP during the spring of
their second year of high school (typically tenth graders and those repeating
the ninth grade). If necessary, students
will then have two chances per year and one final chance the summer after twelfth
grade to earn passing scores.
Language Development Assessment (ELDA)
with Limited English Proficiency: The
ELDA is used to differentiate
instruction and ESOL services based on students’ needs.
Are there any exceptions?
Yes. For students who demonstrate a significant
cognitive disability and meet certain other criteria, the IEP team may
determine that the South Carolina Alternative Assessment (SC-Alt) should be
administered instead of PASS or HSAP.
What is the school report
like students, our school and the SC Public Charter
School district receive a Report Card. The school is
measured by three components:
performance in ELA and Math
How is my school doing?
can view the school and district report cards on the state’s website (ed.sc.gov). Click “Quick Data” and then “Report Card
Portal”. Information is available for
all public schools in SC for the last several years.
Do I need to have a
Yes. You will need to have a computer that meets the
minimum specifications to access the curriculum. In some cases, SC
Whitmore School may loan a computer to a family, based on financial
need, with modest monthly payments made toward ownership of the
computer. Computer loan determination will be made at the time of
Do I need internet?
Yes. You will need to have high speed internet to
access the curriculum.